HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents. There is no cost to attend webinars.  All webinars are captioned and archived for access at the HLAA website. HLAA has found that member’s schedules are busy but many go the archives to catch up on the topics that interest them. The website gives you the opportunity to do that. Check out the past topics when there.

The June Webinar featured our Chapter’s Peer Mentor, Joan Haber. Joan conducted a preview of the Convention seminars and exhibits for those preparing to attend the HLAA Convention held in St. Louis in late June.

The Webinar—and all past Webinars– can be accessed at:
http://www.hearingloss.org/online-community/webinars/transcripts-replay-webinars

May 2015 Webinar

The May Webinar featured Lise Hamlin who is HLAA’s national staff director of public policy and state development. Ms. Hamlin is HLAA’s representative on the FCC’s re-chartered Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) and the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).

Gaining Greater Access for People with Hearing Loss

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HLAA is dedicated to gaining greater access for people with hearing loss. The webinar addressed:

• HLAA’s public policy agenda and how your local advocacy can dovetail with our work on the national level;
• HLAA’s new policy statements;
• Recently introduced federal legislation HLAA supports that provides Medicare coverage of hearing aids and another that provides tax credits for hearing aids;
• HLAA’s support for affordable and accessible hearing health care;
• HLAA’s work in looping in public places; and
• Collaboration with other organizations for movie captioning

 

All Webinars since 2008 are easily accessed at:

http://www.hearingloss.org/online-community/webinars/transcripts-replay-webinars

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April 2015 HLAA WEBINAR

HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents. There is no cost to attend webinars. All webinars are captioned and archived for access at the HLAA website. Next up–
April 15 at 8:00 PM, “Reshaping Antibiotics to Prevent Hearing Loss.”

This month, Anthony Ricci, Ph D and Alan G, Cheng, M D will talk about aminoglycoside antibiotics which are the most commonly used antibiotic worldwide. They are often used in newborns suspected to have infection, and also in adults with sepsis and pneumonia. However, up to 60% of patients treated with these drugs experience some degree of hearing loss. This hearing loss is a result of the drug entering and damaging the inner ear hair cells, which do not regenerate and are essential to the hearing process.

Drs. Cheng and Ricci will discuss their research to create a safer version of this lifesaving drug, which would retain its effectiveness without causing permanent damage to the hearing mechanism.

Dr. Cheng

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Dr. Ricci

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Dr. Ricci is moving toward more applied research and Dr. Alan Cheng is seeking to solve the problem of aminoglycoside antibiotic ototoxicity. In 2011, Drs. Cheng and Ricci published an initial paper in PLOS ONE, which showed that AGs enter the inner ear sensory cells via a mechanically-gated ion channel, novel to the sensory hair cells, which is responsible for converting sound waves into electrical signals. This and present work opposed previous theories suggesting that AGs entered sensory cells via a transport molecule. In their most recent collaborative paper they showed that they were able to temporarily disrupt the tip-links in cultured hair cells, and therefore protect them from damage by aminoglycosides. This is important work toward understanding and creating safer drugs which maintain their efficiency. They have also developed their first series of new compounds and are testing ototoxicity and antimicrobial activity. The goal is to provide a modified class of antibiotics that will no longer lead to hearing loss.
Webinars with some great topics have been archived for the past six years. To select one or more to view, link to: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars

 

February 2015 HLAA WEBINAR

unnamed-6In a Webinar announced just prior to airing, Dr. Dusty Jessen presented “5 Keys to Communication Success”. This presentation on February 18 was recorded and is available on the HLAA website.

Dusty Jessen has been an audiologist in a busy ENT practice for more than 12 years. In 2013 she wrote and published a handbook (Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5 Keys to Communication Success) to help people cope with the challenges related to hearing loss.

Summary
Communication is our way, as human beings, of connecting with each other and with the world around us. Hearing is just one piece of the communication puzzle. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices do a wonderful job of helping people to hear. But better hearing will not facilitate better communication unless the other pieces of the puzzle are put into place. The 5 Keys to Communication Success is a simple and fun way to learn and practice strategies that target all pieces of the communication puzzle.

There is no scheduled Webinar in March BUT Webinars with some great topics have been archived for the past six years. To select one or more to view, link to: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars

JANUARY 2015 HLAA WEBINAR

In a Webinar announced just prior to airing, hearing loop advocate Dr. Juliette Sterkens (unnamed-6who has visited our Chapter several times), gave a presentation in late January on the latest t-coil technology. This presentation can be linked any time at http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars

MFi (Made for iPhone) and Telecoil Technology: A Winning Team

Summary: Learn where and when each technology can help you hear with hearing devices you already own. Looking to replace your instruments in the near future? Learn what questions to ask of your hearing provider regarding wireless technology.

There is no scheduled Webinar in February BUT Webinars with some great topics have been archived for the past six years. To select one or more to view, link to: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars

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HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents. There is no cost to attend webinars.

Webinars generally take place the third Wednesday of each month (December 17 at 8:00 PM this month) with top-notch professionals. All webinars are captioned and archived for access at the HLAA website. HLAA has found that member’s schedules are busy but many go the archives to catch up on the topics that interest them. The website gives you the opportunity to do that. Check out the past topics when ther.

To view a Webinar, go to http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars 

Improve Your Next Hearing Aid Experience with Hearing Tracker, Adam Baily, Au.D.

Launched in March 2014, HearingTracker.com has rapidly grown to become an important online resource for consumers with hearing loss. HearingTracker.com boasts America’s most comprehensive directory of hearing health care providers, including details on each provider’s educational background, qualifications, provided services, and consumer reviews. HearingTracker.com also hosts a large collection of hearing aid model listings and authenticated hearing aid reviews. Consumers may browse and compare hearing aid models, and locate nearby suppliers. Please join Hearing Tracker founder and President, Abram Bailey, Au.D., for a personalized tour of HearingTracker.com’s features. Learn what to look for in a provider, what hearing aid features matter, and how to improve your next hearing aid experience.

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NOVEMBER 2014 HLAA WEBINAR

HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents. There is no cost to attend webinars.

Webinars generally take place the third Wednesday of each month with top-notch professionals. All webinars are captioned and archived for access at the HLAA website.

To view a Webinar, go to http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars .

On 8:00 PM on November 19, Dr. Rob Jackler will provide a broad overview of the state-of-the-art in the bioscience and technology of hearing loss with an emphasis upon emerging new methods of treatment and promising lines of research which may lead to new cures.

There may be hope for those with hearing loss. A few years ago, Stanford University launched an audacious and intensive effort, dubbed “Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss” (SICHL), staffed with stellar world-class interdisciplinary team of ear and hearing loss scientists and doctors, dedicated to finding a cure for sensorineural hearing loss and chaired by Dr. Jack